Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
Decoder Ring return with their third album after the phenomenal success of the 'Somersault' soundtrack. 'Fractions' is Decoder Ring's most expansive and evocative work to date - it's Decoder Ring in full stride, unencumber... more »
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Decoder Ring return with their third album after the phenomenal success of the 'Somersault' soundtrack. 'Fractions' is Decoder Ring's most expansive and evocative work to date - it's Decoder Ring in full stride, unencumbered by genre or style to create a musical journey that is both unique and timeless. 'Fractions' draws on Decoder Ring's electro rock roots whilst maintaining a filmic quality to form a sprawling rollercoaster of an album that spans the musical divides between dark electro and euphoric pop, intimate ballads and dancehall anthems. With 'Fractions' Decoder Ring have raised the bar and push the boundaries like never before. Thanks to the voice of Lenka adding vocals to five tracks and a special collaboration with Ollie Browneof Art Of Fighting, the album is more overtly personal that Decoder Ring's previous excursions yet remains epic, universal and affecting through their powerful compositions that tap like a mainline into your soul. Inertia. 2005.
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Erik Norton | Oz | 12/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having arrived at this review, the challenge is to convince you (the discerning shopper) to purchase an album by an Aussie group few have come across. At import prices, no less. I will use the comparison engine approach:
This is the best album I have heard since `Beaucoup Fish' by Underworld. Best album prior to that? The Daniel Lanois-produced `Wrecking Ball' by Emmylou Harris. If I were 16 (again) this album would adjust my listening habits as dramatically as New Order's `Substance' did in 1987.
This is `Kid A' if Thom Yorke were not so desperate to further distance his band from `Creep'. This is My Bloody Valentine's `Loveless' for the new millennia. Like `Dark Side of the Moon', it leverages technology to complement musicianship, creating sonics that will not age.
To sum up, I listen to hundreds of albums to find one this good. Oh, and this is my first album review ever submitted. I am that compelled.
Understand that the first eight tracks, phenomenal in their own right, are but harbingers of the final three. If just one person of influence could get an MP3 of one of these key tracks to the right [DJ|producer|artist] the album would break state-side. Alas, I am but a Yankee down under, wishing I knew people that knew people that . . .
Visit the band web site (decoderring.com.au)."
An eclectic surprise!
Agarthan | Oz | 11/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read a single review of this album and thought it'd be worth a listen. Ten minutes at the listening station at my local HMV store confirmed the hunch: this would be one of the better CD purchases I've made in the last few years.
My favourite piece would be the title track, "Fractions", which builds to a crescendo while remaining atmospheric (in a pop-beaty way) through to the end. It's a fitting finale to a collection that manages to remind me of several other moody-yet-bright-sounding groups (Goldfrapp comes to mind somehow) whom I've taken to recently. Musically it's rich and pleasant, with grace and power coming through from about track three onwards (sorry, but track one didn't grab me - its seems to wear its rock ambitions a tad too traditionally. The others, however, had me hooked straight up).
Rich | Australia | 08/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beautiful music. At times slightly aggressive post-rock, catchy beats or electro-acoustic semi-ambient, the whole wrapped by the sublime uplifting vocals of Lenka makes this one really great album. :)"